BERGOGLIO’S INTERVIEW FOR STRAATNIEUWS: ”IN ST MARTHA’S HOUSE I FEEL FREE. YET I MISS THE STREETS” The Pontiff reiterated that he needs to be with people

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In public life, corruption is always tempting. Both political and religious”. This is what the Pope said in an interview for the Dutch paper Straatnieuws, registered by Vatican Radio. A temptation like that of making agreements with secular governments: “Agreements can be made – emphasizes the Holy Father – but they must be clear agreements, transparent agreements. For example: we manage this palace, but the accounts are all checked, to avoid corruption”.

Answering a direct question, the Pope tells the readers of the Dutch paper that he has chosen to live in St Martha’s House to be with people; “I cannot live here – he said speaking about the Apostolic Palace – simply for mental reasons. It would harm me. At the beginning it seemed strange, but I have asked to stay here, in St Martha’s House. It is good for me because I feel free. I eat in the dining room where everyone eats. And when I am early, I eat with the employees. I find people, greet them and it makes the golden cage less of a cage. But I miss the street” he assured. “The Church must speak with truth and also with testimony, the testimony of poverty – reiterated Pope Francis – if a believer speaks about poverty or about the homeless and leads the life of a Pharaoh, this cannot be done”, he has concluded.

Translated by Ecaterina Severin

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